Les Bière Des Sans Culottes - Brasserie La Choulette
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4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
The first note I wrote down when I drank this 3 days ago was,
"Biere de Garde my ass." If this were a lager, it would be a king for its flowery approach. But as is, it's a mediocre example.
Crystal clear with a frothy head of soap suds and entrancing carbonation, it's a hell of a looker. Pilsner-like malt and crumbling biscuits are the dominant, lager-like aroma. A faint must and some hints of lemon give this some hope.
Flower petal intrigue and mild bitterness are highlights of the flavor. A smooth, thick, bready texture and one-dimensional honey/malt flavor makes this good but not at all excellent. I wonder if it's trying too hard to seem natural. The bits of lemon and the texture make me think that if I were drinking lager or even some white wine that I'd be much happier.
01-21-2005 02:31:03 | More by marburg
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
Brass-colored and radiantly clear liquid. Bubbly, crisp batter on top.
Rather subtle aromatics, like a straightforward lager or koelsch, only with ornamental floral and clay notes. A broad texture chews into bits of cereal, honey, carob and pear flavors. Very clean. A nice tension exists between stony mineral and nectar-like fluids -- like its literally melting in the mouth. As it warms I discern finishing flavors of salted rye breads, butter, bitter alcohol and cool, leafy branches.
Nice with a plate of mussels -- or greens.
01-20-2005 21:10:43 | More by putnam
4.93/5 rDev +22%
I adore beers that look like fat brass coins under mountains of stark white pillows. What the funk, aromas of softening apples, jessamine and bong hits in Winter poplar stands connecting your senses to raw materials like no stinky double IPA will ever be able to. Alternatively sweet and dry and earthy with a subtle lingering baked leaf finish inducing your lips and tongue to sup once more again please. I can only imagine how tasty this brew might be paired with some sliced pear and a salty triple cream.
Note of caution: the cork will have some velocity so be sure to point toward light beer drinkers and/or social conservatives when opening.
12-03-2004 01:59:38 | More by inebrius
4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
Beautiful color. Really nice light orange. Very vigorous carbonation. Nice persistent ivory white head.
I'm getting straight up Saaz in the nose. I'm not sure if that's right, but it smells like it to me. Also get some nice light honey notes.
Wow. Very light flavor, but just exquisitely done. I get some light honey notes, a very nice light candy malt flavor. Maybe crystal malt, maybe candy sugar?? Very light. Definately get some hops in the finish as well. Almost like a mellow, smooth smooth pils.
Mouthfeel is very well done. Right on. Nice and smooth but not overly thick. Very well done.
Extremely drinkable...wish I had another.
09-14-2004 04:40:46 | More by cerevisiaephilus
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
The few French artisinal beers I have had (Belzebuth, Biere du Desert), have not impressed me favorably toward the breed. As a result, this one sat in my closet for quite some time before being opened.
The beer poured clear gold in color, topped by a thinnish but naggingly persistent whitish head. The musky aroma masks a mild spiciness, combined with just the mildest hint of light fruitiness.
Strong barnyard character to the flavor. This develops a grapey, wine-like character toward the finish, and ends with a light suggestion of piney hops. Subtle and understated but complex.
Fairly dry in the finish, and overall light and effervescent in the mouth. A very pleasant surprise!
09-09-2004 17:05:56 | More by mzwolinski
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
An appropriate beer to be consumed on this fine Labor Day. Nice depiction of a scene from the French revolution, which was due to an uprising of the laboring class, on the label. 75 cl cork and caged bottle pours a golden pils color with some bronze hightlights and a big off-white head that doesn't necessarily last, but leaves good lacing. Some honey-like and hay-like pilsener malt tones, light yeast fruitiness, and subdued low-alpha hop notes. Tastes light and crisp, soft water notes like water drawn from a well, pear-like fruitiness from the yeast, and sweet in its malt, but maintaining a simple overall feel with a small undercurrent of subtle spicings, which gives it a complexity and depth. Quite enjoyable in the fact that it's very drinkable and pretty simple, overall. Feels like it's less than 7%. I've had this before and I'd purchase it again. This beer's proof that the French are no slouchers when it comes to brewing some artisanal beers.
09-07-2004 04:29:23 | More by crookedhalo
4.08/5 rDev +1%
Appearance: Perfect golden color with an enormous rocky head (probably due to the serving temperature, which is around 55-60F). Decent head retention, no lacework.
Smell: Crisp, spicy aroma, like a pilsner, but with a firm undercurrent of honey.
Taste: Not at all what I expected. I was expecting a sweet, malty variant of a Flemish Brown Ale. This is a remarkably well-rounded beer, with a soft maltiness. The honey appears in the finish, along with a hint of flowery hops.
Mouthfeel: I was expecting a thicker beer. This beer is thinnish and watery. It is, however, a good example of restrained large-bead carbonation.
Drinkability: A very nice beer, easy drinking, flavorful, but, perhaps, a bit lethargic. I would very much drink one of these again, but I'd seek out something more interesting after the 2nd one in a row.
06-22-2004 00:26:02 | More by Afterburner
4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
16.9oz tall green, corked bottle. Best Before date notched on the side. Nice artwork paying tribute to the "trouserless" laborers who did the handiwork of the French Revolution. BTW - The fighters appear to be wearing trousers, but the woman leading the charge has raised her flag while lowering the top of her blouse.
It pours a cloudy honey gold color with a small, but lasting white head and some sticky and trailing lace.
The aroma is a pleasant mix of dried malt, hay, lemony citrus and faint whiff of alcohol.
The malt has a nice herbal quality to it. A light sweetness and buttery biscuit taste provide a uniquely satisfying maltiness.
A lime-like bitterness is upfront. Hints of coriander, cloves and faint taste of pears adds to the brew's fine subtle character. The 7%abv is well disguised.
This is one those rare beer purchases that turn out to be an amazing find. I wish I had bought more.
05-13-2004 23:01:08 | More by BeerResearcher
4.75/5 rDev +17.6%
Misty, particle-strewn apricot with a plentiful white bonnet.
Fragrant of honeyed nuts, lilacs, stables, hay, white grapes and mildew.
So unique. Dehydrated orange peels, touched with honey, rolled in crushed cashews and chalkdust, laid upon sugared bread dough. Aided by sweet red apple cider and soft white wine vinousness. Earthy yeast qualities appear. Dangling cobwebs in forgotten dark corners. Horse elements too. Saddles mostly. Full of plant-life as well. Full botanical gardens. Multicolored blossoms. Petal softness. Herbal uprisings near the finale. Vanilla-hued rosemary, basil and ginger.
Medium bodied. Crisp and firm, yet soft-feeling and cream-filled.
This is absolutely delightful and one-of-a-kind.
A pants-less thanks to Bighuge for this jewel of a biere-de-garde.
04-30-2004 06:33:20 | More by cokes
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a beautiful, clear, light gold color. It is crowned by a thick off white head. Aromas of lemon zest, grain, and hay are found in the nose. Overall though, the aromas are quite light. Mmm, this beer is much tastier than the faint aroma would suggest. The beer is lightly sweet and it has a medium full body, which is a nice surprise. The taste is redolent with lemon, green apple, bergamot, grain, and a tannic bite. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish, which is followed by an astringency and some tingling acidity. A nice bit of toasted biscuit and toasted malt flavors come through as this beer opens up. This beer is definitely quite malty.
04-28-2004 17:18:38 | More by Gueuzedude
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
750ml thanks to MartinT. The appearance is a nice clear shining gold. White head, well-laced, but pretty thin. Aroma is spicy, something along the lines of chive, very dry and farmy, almost closing to a wheat field in that respect. Slight floral and yeast notes complement the nose, but overall, it seems a bit harsh in its dryness, like a farm in summer that didn't receive enough water during spring. Palate is also very dry, not unlike a white wine, grapey with notes of orange, grapefruit, bread and lemon. Subtle hay and tartness come and go leaving a pleasant yeasty/spicy finish.
04-19-2004 19:28:51 | More by Rastacouere
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
Sans Culottes is great with a meal or by itself. Its rocky head accents its wonderful golden color. The aroma is fruity and complex. The taste is of fruit (peach and apricot?) with maybe some aniseed and then a bitter dryness that leaves you wanting more.
03-15-2004 14:47:07 | More by ark57
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Surprised that this bottle made it into the U.S. with this label intact, topless lass and all, ...maybe it's less lascivious, maybe the nipples aren't so distinct...
Appearance: slightly hazy, fully peachy, tangeriney color, with a fine layer of fizzy white foam, that alas, dissipates too soon.
Aroma: soft, yet fruity, orange is brightest here, citrus is strong, and there's a particularly spicy factor at work as well, lush and invigorating.
Taste: mmm, fruity, yet mild, mellow, medium body, small finish, but flavor is just right. Not sure where the difference and deviation is between this and the regular Choulettes...did they drop their trousers while brewing?
No, it is significantly different, all my jokes aside, it is smoother, fruitier, without the lemony/orange citric taste, very mellow, easy-drinking, a perfect choice for dinner, picnics, celebrations, patting yourself on the back, whatever it takes. Very well-rounded, the malt meets the hops almost perfectly, and the flavor remains king. Mmm, tasty, and this is so amiable and perfectly integrated, that, were it more affordable and readily reachable, I'd take it on more often as an everyday brew. Just loosen the belt, lose the fancypants and go "sans culottes", I says...
01-19-2004 06:46:44 | More by feloniousmonk
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance Light orange in color with a yellowish tinge and a frothing head that went down rather quickly.
Smell The nose here is very light, even though the ale has warmed. Its also classic BDG, though. The yeast is clear and nicely spiced. The white pepper especially makes a nice compliment, and the coriander is very clean.
Taste The delicate flavors here work incredibly well together. This is a terrific example of how to balance rather complicated flavors. The yeast is sharp yet not overpowering. The light summer fruits are not overly sweet or oranged, as is often the case with inferior attempts at the style. Lastly, the spices are used to finely tune the other wonderful flavors.
Mouthfeel Again, very delicate in the mouth. The carbonation is rich and active and the incredible balance helps this one go down quite well. This one is on the fuller side of medium-bodied and very fluffy.
Drinkability This was a great surprise. I actually picked this up at a Topps grocery store of all places. What a find. Ill pick up another bottle and keep it for a special occasion.
12-23-2003 16:20:31 | More by RoyalT
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
This was a pretty tasty Biere De Garde from France, but it wasnt complex enough for me to rate it as highly as others before me have! This beer poured a nice light-amber colour with a fluffy white head. The aromas were very malty with some spicy notes and some boozy notes, but that was about it in the aromas department. The taste was good, but it reminded me of an Octoberfest beer, not a Biere De Garde. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the drinkability was nice.
Not bad, but not worthy of all the hype!
09-25-2003 02:12:40 | More by francisweizen
4.65/5 rDev +15.1%
As another reviewer noted, a "French Masterpiece" The beer pours a brilliant Golden with awesome purity and clarity of color. I can't help get the image of a beautiful "French Blonde" out of my head as I ruminate over this fine specimen-lovely creamy white head and sticky lace that clings to the side of the glass and does not move. Aromatically, this beer screams out of the gate. I could smell the warming, malty richness even as it was being poured. The beer exhibits as well an earthiness that some may call barnyardy, yet the French may call, terroir. Though the aromas may be that which I have smelled inside a French Barn-some weathered wood aromas come to mind-I personally don't find the smell of a French Barn to be negative. In fact, it is this very rusticity that I love about, not only French beer, but the wines as well. To each his own. The mouthfell on this beer is that of butter. Creamy and rich this beer melts on the palate. The carbonation is very fine and acts as yet another catalyst in the creation of this voluptuous French blonde. Once past the awe of this beers silken texture, the flavors kick in. Rich maltiness adds a robust quality to the beer and a pretty sweetness. A very slight, yet ever present bitterness keeps things in check balance wise. Still more butter on the palate in the way of perhaps butterscotch? Warming alcohol comes off more soothing than hot and is integral to the beers character. A beer you'll love to curl up with and enjoy very, very, very slowly-this is one tasty French Blonde! SANTE!
08-22-2003 01:00:16 | More by moulefrite
United Kingdom (England)
4.58/5 rDev +13.4%
This beer totally and utterly agreed with with me. Very nice floral subtly oaky aroma, very nice tastewise. Very subtle and elegant, with a tremendously satisfying bitter finish, very savoury, a very juicy little brew (grape-like as VENOM says), totally awesome. We get the Choulette Ambree down under, but not this, i'm sure the importers could get this if they wanted to. I'll just have to wait till i get to europe to try it again until they do.
06-12-2003 18:56:03 | More by rastaman
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
Golden blonde in hue, topped by a fluffy, thick rocky head. Brilliant clarity. Rough, frothy lace remains. Combination of a sweetly floral and chlorophyll - laden, fresh cut grass like hop nose is dominant in aroma. Undertones of yeast must and black licorice along with trace clove add, herbal rustic depth. Becomes progressively more peppery and phenolic as the volatile hop oils evaporate, but retains a purposeful, understated elegance. Softly spoken, yet enticing aromawise. Mellow, lightly perfumed, Blossom - esque honey sweetness upfront in flavor is quickly complemented by mild yeast and base pilsner malt derived breadiness. Subtle phenols emerge mid palate accompanied by light, pearish esters, only to be superceded by a firm, but judicious light caramel malt presence that serves to both extend malt sweetness and counteract the high apparant attenuation by contributing dextrins. Agreeably smooth, innocuous and soft in mouthfeel. Non descript, but well calculated hop bitterness offsets residual sweetness well and provides a cleansing dryness. Finishes mostly clean, with notes of sweet cracker and hints of lightly citric lemongrass. San Culottes is a dangerously delightful and soft brew. It's as light on the palate as a fine Helles but adds the subtle spice and fruit of a Belgian pale. A nearly quintessential Biere de Garde, that's only a hair shy in malt character. Very enjoyable.
06-12-2003 18:44:59 | More by marc77
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Hazy looking straw color. A dense off-white head recedes to a collar and a few islands. The aroma is musty and fruity with a spattering of grapes. The fruitiness on the nose is very muted on the tongue. Instead, there is substantial must, a little leather, tinges of alcohol and some evidence of lime juice. This is a unique beverage. Some very slight sourness and tartness. A little bit of a dry finish. Body is light to medium and mouthfeel is effervescent. Nice little farmhouse ale. Very drinkable.
03-02-2003 19:24:22 | More by Bighuge
2.3/5 rDev -43.1%
Pale yellow with low head.
Little malt, huge rotten cabbage aroma, a light acidicness.
Fruity malt flavor is very low and very simple. Light tartness and very dry.
This beer just tastes off. Not pleasant. Out of 5 Bier de Gardes tasted oin the same night, this was the worst and had the lamest malt profile.
11-09-2002 23:36:31 | More by nathi
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Upcharging and pretty clear deep yellow color, hazy and sparkly head. Sharp and winey aroma, with a sense of yeasty and woodsy mustiness. Flavor is full but not piquant, more like elements of malty sweetness and oak barrel flavor with some unfermented grape. Reasonably full-bodied, nice in the swallow with aftertaste of muskiness. Enough hops to make it balanced for style (I guess, this style is pretty new to me). Pretty enjoyable...
07-01-2002 08:28:24 | More by ADR
Les Bière Des Sans Culottes from Brasserie La Choulette
90 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.